3* Mercure Wetherby
The Wetherby Hotel is to be found in a peaceful setting amid the Yorkshire countryside midway between York and Harrogate. This modern hotel with comfortable facilities is just minutes from the market town of Wetherby.
Restaurant Bar Tea/coffee in room Television Telephone Wi-Fi Complimentary toiletries Writing desk and chair Hairdryer There is a small lift at this hotel
4 nights dinner, bed & breakfast
3-course dinner, 3 choices per course
Tea/coffee after dinner
Entrance to the Wensleydale Creamery
Guided tour of the Black Sheep Brewery
Guided tour of the Mouseman Visitor Centre
Entrance to the World of James Herriot
We depart the local area and travel to Yorkshire.
Leyburn, Wensleydale Creamery & Hawes
We start this morning with a stop Leyburn, "A Town for all Seasons" with its spectacular views of the surrounding countryside, unusual local shops, cafés and traditional pubs. In the afternoon we head to the Wensleydale Creamery in Hawes, where the famous Yorkshire Wensleydale cheese is produced. Learn about the history of this protected cheese and its fight for survival, starting from the Monks that first made it in the 1100's through to the reign of Henry VIII and the dissolution of the monasteries that threatened the loss of the recipe, the depression of the 30s that almost saw the factory close and the staff of 1992 that ensured there would be cheese for Christmas that year! In the afternoon we make a stop off in Hawes, home of Wensleydale Pottery, the Ropemakers and a town that overflows in antique shops and tea rooms.
Harrogate & The Black Sheep Brewery
We spend the morning at leisure in the historic spa town of Harrogate. Admire the dignified Victorian buildings with canopies which hide a wonderful array of quality shops and tea rooms, including the famous Betty's which offers over 300 breads, cakes and chocolates as well as 50 different teas and coffees. In the afternoon we enjoy a "shepherded" brewery tour at the Black Sheep Brewery. Following the sale of his family's company to a national brewery, Paul Theakston decided to start again, building his own brewery from reclaimed equipment in the very same town, becoming the Black Sheep of his family. The tour tells his story along with the process and methods used and of course finishes with a taster of the end product - a glass of award winning ale!
Mouseman Visitor Centre & World of James Herriot
"From a single acorn to a finished piece of beautifully hand-crafted oak furniture. One man's work from start to finish." The Mouseman visitor centre tells the story of Robert Thompson, British furniture maker and The Mouseman of Kilburn. His skills as a furniture maker made him in demand during the arts and crafts movement. His signature of a mouse motif on his furniture and architecture designs made his work recognisable long after his passing. The visitor centre tells his story and showcases some of his work and designs. In the afternoon we head to Thrisk and the World of James Herriot. If you read his books or watched All Creatures Great and Small, you'll be familiar with North Yorkshire vet James Herriot. Travel back in time to what life was like when James was practicing, walk through his fully-restored 1940s home and surgery in Thirsk, see the car he drove, step into the TV set, and maybe even try your hand at being a vet.
After breakfast we leave and begin our homeward journey.